IRS Warning to Schools

IRS Issues Warning to Schools

ATLIS shared this news last month with each of our member schools as a special bulletin.  If you did not receive the bulletin and would like to subscribe as one of your school's primary contacts, please submit this brief form and we'll add you to the list.

We want ATLIS leaders to be aware that schools are being targeted by increasingly persistent criminals who attempt to acquire employee W-2 data and file false returns to steal tax refunds.  Please share this information personally with those who have access to employee W-2 data in your school.

From the IRS: "Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their Forms W-2.  This scam is sometimes referred to as business email compromise (BEC) or business email spoofing (BES)."

Bob Olsen of Compass Cyber Security says that "Independent schools are an attractive target for cyber criminals because of the data they retain on students, parents, donors, and staff members. Many independent schools host students from prominent families within their community, which makes their data even more valuable. There’s a sense of trust within these communities, which hackers can exploit by sending out malicious links and attachments disguised as a message from a fellow staff member."  Read the entire IRS warning.

Don't forget, ATLIS members have access to a free phishing exercise to test their community's vulnerability to phishing attacks.  Find out more..

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